I had such a wonderful amazing time in Arizona. Autumn came while I was gone. The trip back was all about amazing colour, light, and speed. I saw so many wonderful things-amazing things, curious things. Best of all I taught some amazing people. I hope they all enjoyed the classes as much as I did teaching the classes.
|Barrel Cactus- 2 feet across|
|Tuscon small format class!|
|Anne Fletcher’s cartoon
|From Karen’s Fence
check out moon shadow
|Lilies from home1|
Technical Aside–Okay, Okay another thing that came out of the trip was I love my i-phone. I am really carrying it around. I am even learning to use the Bluetooth in the prius and of all things liking it. No more Luddite for me when it comes to phones. It is the first phone that I have ever had that I actually find of value other then emergencies which seldom if never happen and it tethers to my computer. No more sitting in the middle of parking lots for my “free” WiFi connection that comes with each and every room as I did on the last trip South. I love the camera in it. It’s allowed in museums. Maybe I can get Kathy Spoering to tell me what programs she uses for doing things to the pictures she takes. She has done some pretty neat stuff on her blog with her camera. I also discovered apps-Thank you Peter! There is an Eischer program and a music Program called Pandorium. Thank you Peter for the hour or so you took to show me how to use the i-phone. I now know how to turn the ringer on and off. Still would be a whole lot easier if it came with a written manual and didn’t depend on intuition for learning. What on earth is my world coming to. I am totally amazed at myself and perhaps a little chagrined over the whole I-phone thing. I am really hooked on it
|Few from the top Lemon
|Hoodoo’s low on Mt. Lemon|
One of my favourite places was Lemon Mountain. It’s almost as tall as Mt Hood and takes in almost every climate from Mexico to Canada in a 3 hour drive. For me it was kinda of interesting because I am vertigo challenged. When we were in Moab all of the Hodoo’s and rock formations are pretty much vertical-close to 90 decrees so I didn’t have any problems with my balance. On Mt Lemon it took me a while to realize why I kept running into things and having trouble with my balance all the rock formations look vertical, but are actually at 85 to 80 decree tilt because of geological deformation. SO visually my sighting was a little off. Still have a nasty bruise on my arm where I ran into a tree. It wasn’t until we were at the top resort area that I realized what was going on. It was like being at Government camp-lush cold, ferns and springs and evergreens, stuff that looked like bear grass.
|One of My favourite places in Tuscon!|
Another wonderful discovery was an artist named Alexander Arshansky.(Arshansky.com) His paintings completely blew me away. I want one of his paintings all for myself. Couldn’t decide which one so I am going to buy it off the net. The use of pattern to create images that were outlined left me thinking about so many possibilities that I am missing out on and really need to pursue. Looking at his work made me realize that I wasn’t the only person working in what I call a controlled chaos style.
|Mexican Tin Roses|
PHOENIX I even got some silver work study in. I watched Zuni, Hopi and Navajo silversmith’s working at Dodge Chief in Phoenix. I was told that there are those who create and those who repair-each requires different skills then the other-usually a silversmith does one or the other. Picked up a rose cross and a repouse cross at a Mexican furniture/pottery place. I really want to try and make flowers after taking the class I took in Tacoma that included repousse copper leaves. The two processes of the leaves and the roses look remarkably alike. Petals really aren’t that different from leaves.
|Pop up sheep by Emma Yanda
Cactus is bound weave embroidery floss
|Sun City West Class-minus-the bicyclist.|
|Larry and wife|
|Bound weave by Emma Yanda|
I met a women one of a couple of dozen in my two class-Emma Yanna that is incredibly interesting. She weaves the most incredible little pictures in embroidery floss. At one time she designed cards for Hallmark. Best of all she also collects Sabuda cut paper pop up books. http://www.robertsabuda.com/popmakesimple.asp . Something of which I have a whole shelf of and enjoy immensely. I would have loved to have spent more time with her. There are others that I also have by several different artist, but he is by far my favourite. She reminded of Marge and my Grandmother in some/many ways. I could easily visualize her with white cloves and tea and a wonderful creative sensibility and extreme intellect. I hope that when I am her/there age I will have the complex intellectual curiosity and genteel manners they-Marge, Emma and my Grandmother (until her Alzheimer’s took over) had/have. I had a lovely time with Phyll, Bob Wolf, Diane Wolf, Larry and his wife and so many others in Phoenix.
|Another Namless beautiful flower,
but wasn’t quick enough to catch the
hummingbirds feeding from it!
Diane Wolf and I made this wonderful old connection! My Dad thinks he at one time knew the person she worked for in the airports when he was teaching flying at Evergreen. Dad was also wondering and thinking he might have met Diane when he was flying through those airports. He said he kinda remembered this good looking young girl gassing up the planes at one of the airports the man in question owned. I still want to her elephant finished- Broken Rose path, soumack and tapestry a great combination!
|Annonomous tree blossom in a
|fascinating rock near Old Tuscon|
Spencer who goes out and has fun while I teach found several pueblo Kaschina’s , Koshares and Kokashin’s(Japanese bobble dolls) for me. My new Kachina’s looks more like an Apache ga-an dancer, but I am going to quibble. Spencer went to Tombstone and all sorts of cowboy stuff and I got to see what I was interested in botany silver and ethnography. Thank you all for your suggestions, directions and help. Spencer hit close to every museum and second hand shop/flea market plus garage sales in Tucson and Phoenix while I was teaching. So many thanks to Joyce and Peter for helping in the search for the perfect Sonoran hot dogs and the introduction to green corn tamales. One of the other great discoveries was two more people that read as voraciously as Spencer and I. Thanks Diane and Peter for the book suggestions. AND, of Course Cleo who reminded so much of a Gigantic Chene complete with carry around kitty. When I got home and watched Chene I realized he is using his kitty in the same way as Cleo- Like a purse when we leave, puts it to bed when he wants to go to bed and drops it on his towel when he wants to be dried. Must be a dog language of some sort.
|Woven by Louise yazzie
coal miners edge 1.5 in x 1.5 in
I finally was able to find an affordable sample of coal miners edge. When I was at Chief Dodge the lovely Hopi/Pueblo women clerk found a very small piece about an inch weaving by Louise Yazzie, which I promptly purchased along with several beautiful Silver amber and malachite pieces. Actually Chene purchased the earrings for Pat for babysitting him while we were gone. Chief Dodge is cool because one is purchasing directly from Indian Artisans rather than non-Indian middle men. A little gem of 4 sided weaving with twined edge and coal miner with edge.
Thanks to Larry I now know that the coal miner does not refer to an area but the pick and pick. I also discovered thanks to the aforementioned weaver what crystals are. It is where the pick and pick or demi duites reverse and the colours shift.
|Purple and lavender Prickly pear
with Cochineal Lac encrusted
I traded Larry a tapestry for a tapestry shoulder bag that should fit one of my two traveling mirrixes. I did this after seeing the beautiful bag that Diane Wolf has for lugging things around. It has a wide strap that makes carrying things much easier. If it works I am going to have a second one made with colours that are opposite from the first one. I love the butterfly designs in traditional SW weaving.
Thanks to the two groups. We are now creating a very small bobbin for very small hands after a conversation I had with another weaver about small hands and small bodies and a tool that doesn’t have a name yet. Roxane in my Tuscon gave me a metal tool that looks like a bent letter opener with a whole in one end. It is so good for old hands. My older ladies in Phoenix loved it. It made it so much easier for them to pick the sheds and pull the yarn through. I gave the tool to Mr. Witt who makes our bobbins. My business partner, Pat Spark suggested that we try and make a wood proto type and a metal prototype. It seems some people don’t like to use metal weaving tools because they don’t like the smell of the metal on their hands. So Mr. Witt is going to try making some out of layered veneer. I didn’t know that about some weavers. I just assumed people preferred wood because it felt more natural and beautiful.